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In opposition: Plymouth Argyle - ones to watch

28 January 2022

Every club has had injuries problems this season and since Christmas, it’s been Plymouth Argyle’s turn.

Mixed with the appointment of assistant coach Steven Schumacher who was promoted to manager following the departure of Ryan Lowe to Preston North End, Plymouth Argyle are looking for help in almost every area of the pitch.

With the team’s leading scorer Ryan Hardie having been hurt for the previous two weeks with a shoulder injury sustained in the Emirates FA Cup tie away to Birmingham City, Schumacher has welcomed a return for striker Niall Ennis from injury and the efforts of fellow youngster Luke Jephcott to help supply the offensive power.

Meanwhile, the defence has been lacking in a number of areas, according to Schumacher, in what has been a difficult January for the Pilgrims. However, players like Panutche Camará in midfield, along with the experience of Conor Grant have shown Plymouth Argyle do, indeed, possess the ability to win games, having led until late in a 3-3 draw away to Fleetwood Town on Tuesday. The possible return of the injured Hardie and Danny Mayor could give the Pilgrims a huge boost headed into the weekend’s fixture away to Doncaster Rovers – their fourth away game this month.

 

Panutche Camará

Bissau-Guinean midfielder and forward Panutche Camará has registered more than 60 League One appearances for the Pilgrims since arriving to Home Park in August 2020, following a free transfer from Crawley Town.

He spent three seasons (2017-20) with Crawley, scoring six goals and playing in more than 100 games across all competitions. Despite being offered a new contract by the club following the 2020 season, Camará rejected the offer in favour of a move to Plymouth Argyle. His first assignment as a professional footballer was with Dulwich Hamlet in South London in 2017.

On the international level, Camará debuted for Guinea-Bissau in the Africa Cup of Nations just two weeks ago in Cameroon, playing as part of the team’s 0-0 draw with Sudan. However, he spent his youth career in Portugal in the academies of Loures and Vitória de Guimarães. With the Pilgrims, he would score his first goal in an Carabao Cup tie against Leyton Orient in September 2020. This season with Plymouth Argyle, Camará has scored four goals and distributed six assists across 31 matches played in all competitions. He is averaging 0.14 goals per game, as well as 0.22 assists per games. He has delivered 32 crosses into the box, whole winning 40 tackles and collecting 28 interceptions in defence.

 

Conor Grant

Conor Grant is an experience midfielder that has been a member of the Plymouth Argyle squad since 2018. Grant arrived to Plymouth Argyle after spending five years as a member of Everton, though playing sparingly in just a few fixtures throughout his stint with the Toffees. He would, however, serve several loan spells at clubs including two with Rovers (2015/16, 2017). With Rovers during the 2015/16 season in which he originally signed a month-long dal in October 2015 – later extending throughout the remainder of the season, Grant scored two goals in 19 appearances for the club in his initial loan spell at Eco-Power Stadium. He would spend the following season at Crewe Alexandra. Signing for Everton out of their youth academy in 2013, Grant was loaned to Motherwell towards the latter-half of the 2014/15 season. After his stint at Rovers in 2015/16, the midfielder signed a season-long deal the following year with Ipswich Town, followed by another loan stint with Rovers (2017) where he scored one goal in 21 appearances.

Internationally, Grant represented the England U18 team in 2012. This season, the Everton Academy graduate has played and started in 28 games for the Pilgrims, scoring five goals and registering four assists. From his midfield position on the pitch, Grant has amassed 16 shots on target, totalling a 37.2% shots on target average. He owns a 0.60 shots on target ratio to go along with a 0.25 goals per shots on target average.

 

Ryan Hardie

A prolific goal-scorer, to say the least, Scotland international forward Ryan Hardie signed a permanent move to Plymouth Argyle in January 2021 – halfway through his second loan spell to the club from Blackpool. Born in Stranraer, the Academy product of Rangers began his senior career with his childhood club in 2014, scoring two goals in 13 appearances for the team across five seasons (2014-19). In February 2016, Hardie worked a loan spell with Raith Rovers, followed by a six-month loan spell with St. Mirren of the Scottish Premiership during the 2016/17 season. In January 2017, he would once again move to Raith Rovers until the end of the season. For the entirety of the 2018/19 season, the Scotland international footballer served a loan stint at Livingston, playing in 37 games and scoring 15 goals for the club. Hardie made his debut in the English Football League when he signed for Blackpool for an undisclosed fee in July 2019, scoring his first goal for the club in a Papa John’s Trophy tie with Morecambe in September 2019.

For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, he signed his loan deal with Plymouth Argyle. Throughout his international career, Hardie has served with the Scotland U16, U17, U19, U20 and U21 levels. Up until 2018. In 2021/22, Hardie leads the Pilgrims with 12 goals scored (tied for sixth in Sky Bet League One), while also contributing three assists. He is averaging 0.47 goals per game on 70 shots (38 shots on target). He owns a 54.3% shots on target average, while also maintaining 2.74 shots per game (1.49 shots on target per game). He averages 0.32 goals per shots on target.

 

Luke Jephcott

Born in Aberystwyth, Welsh international Luke Jephcott is one of the mainstays of the Plymouth Argyle system, having served the club for four years in the youth system, and now in his fourth year with the Pilgrims as a senior player.

Recently, the forward’s contract was extended, keeping him at Home Park until 2023. Jephcott began his youth career with three different academies, finally settling at Plymouth Argyle in 2014, and up through his signing a professional contract with the Pilgrims in 2018. He would debut professionally with the Pilgrims in October 2018, coming on as a substitute late in a 3-2 defeat against Burton Albion. He made a start just days later against Chelsea U21s as part of a Papa John’s Trophy game. Before becoming a significant part of the Plymouth Argyle setup, Jephcott served a brief loan spell at Truro City during the 2019/20 season, where he bagged five league goals in 18 appearances.

Jephcott was Plymouth Argyle’s top-scorer for the 2020/21 season, netting 18 goals in all competitions. On the international level, Jephcott has played with both the Wales U19 and U21 teams. He made his U21s debut as part of a 3-0 win against Moldova in 2018. This season with the Pilgrims, the young up-and-coming forward has featured in 29 games across all competitions, recording a team second-best nine goals and assisting on four more goals. He has a 0.44 goals per game average combined with a 0.20 assists per game mark.

He has registered 24 shots on target in 46 total shots, giving him a 52.2% shots on target ratio. He is averaging 2.26 shots per game, added with 1.18 shots on target per game. He is scoring at a 0.33 goals per shots on target rate. In defence, he has six interceptions with six tackles won.

 

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